INVERNESS: The first trip to Inverness by the 116 passengers of the Silver Explorer was very enjoyable for both them and staff at Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, said Cabot Links general manager Andrew Alkenbrack.
“They had a little bit of rain blow through, but we had a chance to meet a lot of good people from all over Canada and the U.S.,” Alkenbrack said of the recent visit.
“It was a good mix of people from Vancouver, New Brunswick, and a few from Nova Scotia, but also a heavy concentration from the Carolinas and as far away as San Francisco. They got to see both Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, and they did so in some true Links-ie weather.”
The group, which came via cruise the ship that sat in the waters off Inverness’ shore, arrived on September 24 and departed early last week. During their stay, they faced some rain and a bit of a dip in the temperature. However, Alkenbrack said the reviews he heard were glowing.
“I saw almost every guest, and it was all really positive,” he said. “We had a great time with them, and they had a great time as well.”
Alkenbrack tapped some shoulders after the Silver Explorer departed, and he said his staff was hard pressed to remember any cruise ships dropping anchor off the local shore.
The Silver Explorer is taking its passengers to other Nova Scotian golf destinations including Highland Links and the Fox Harb’r Golf Resort. With that, the ship will also visit destinations in Newfoundland, New Brunswick and PEI as part of the Canadian Maritimes Golf Cruise.
The cruise is being put on by North Carolina-based Kalos Golf.
Alkenbrack said local staff had a great interaction with the visitors, and he added he’d be very pleased to see similar visits in the future.
“We did our best to arm them with caddies and all the information they needed to have the most enjoyable time on the course,” Alkenbrack said. “Then they had the obligatory bowl of chowder and maybe a Guinness or something after the round.
“Our golf staff and drivers really deserve a shout-out for managing the logistics from the harbour here in Inverness to both Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs.
“We’re just pleased that people want to come here.”
The manager said both Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs are looking back on a tremendous 2016 season.